Wedding music of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

If you are interested in listening to the music from the royal wedding you can find many of the pieces at the Central Library in the Arts Division.

A selection of organ pieces was played before the service. Two outstanding pieces were, Fantasia in G (Pièce d’orgue à 5) by Johann Sebastian Bach and Veni Creator Spiritus by the Master of The Queen’s Music, composed by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Following the services were some orchestral pieces. Serenade for Strings in E minor Op. 20 (Allegro piacevole, Larghetto and Allegretto) by Edward Elgar was the first piece followed by Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Also heard was Farewell to Stromness by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring by Frederick Delius, Touch Her Soft Lips and Part from Henry V Suite by William Walton, Romance for String Orchestra Op. 11 by Gerald Finzi. and Rhosymedre. The Couple specifically chose Farewell to Stromness, Touch Her Soft Lips and Part and Romance for String Orchestra Op. 11 as they were played at the Service of Prayer and Dedication for The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005.   Last piece played before the Service began was Canzona from Organ Sonata in C minor by Percy Whitlock. 

Prince William and Miss Middleton chose three of their favorite hymns for the Service,  Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer’, words by William Williams, music by John Hughes; Love Divine All Love Excelling, words by Charles Wesley and music by William Penfro Rowlands;  ‘Jerusalem’, hymn by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry with words by William Blake.

One of the last pieces played was Blest pair of Sirens with words by John Milton from At a Solemn Musick, and music by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.

An additional piece was composed for the recessional and is not available yet. This piece was Fanfare by the Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. The Fanfare, called Valiant and Brave, is by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, Principal Director of Music in the Royal Air Force.

Royal Wedding: The Official Album

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s